Obsolescence after 21 months

Stuttgart, June 19, 2015

After 21 months of production and just 918 units had been built, it is now ready and the last 918 Spyder rolls out of the Porsche 's main plant in Zuffenhausen. Look back period for us, on the Swabian plug-in hybrid super sports car, although it is not unique in its class, as a technology of the brand but could have a major impact on future Porsche models.

Follow in the footsteps

The concept study had the 918 Spyder debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2010 and met there with great enthusiasm. In summer 2010, the Porsche Supervisory Board gave the green light for series development. Already in 2013 was launched and the new flagship in the footsteps of other Porsche supercar. We're talking about vehicles like the 904 Carrera GTS, the 959, the 911 GT1 or the Carrera GT.

Technology Vehicle predecessor

As early as 1963 Porsche created with the plastic-steel body of the 904 Carrera GTS is a lightweight yet stable vehicle backbone. The 959 began in 1986, the triumph of the controlled-wheel drive sports car in the world, while ten years later the 911 GT1 of carbon fiber technology paved the way into production vehicles. 2003 finally debuted the Carrera GT with monocoque and subframe made ​​entirely of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Then came the 918 Spyder, the pointed his plug-in hybrid powertrain that performance and efficiency need not mutually exclusive.

Performance and Efficiency in a Car

The classic Verbrennerarbeit is taken over by a 4.6-liter V8 engine. It develops 608 hp. The drive concept is supported by a 140-kilogram high-voltage battery, which feeds a 129 - horsepower electric motor at the front axle and a fitting on the rear axle E - engine with 156 hp. Unchallenged keeps the super sports car with a system output of 887 hp the lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for road-going vehicles with standard tires ( 6:57 minutes ). The controversial for hybrid cars standard NEDC cycle promises to an average consumption of around three liters of petrol per 100 kilometers ?? less than most small cars.

Segment opponents from Italy and the UK

But the hybrid supercar Porsche has even Segment opponents: As would be the LaFerrari from Modena, who was also in 2013 had its launch and with 963 PS system performance reaches a top speed of over 350 km / h. On the other moves in this class of McLaren P1. He developed a system output of 916 hp. 1.1 million euros demanded for a McLaren P1. Only 375 copies were built. Thus the hybrid-Brite has the lowest model edition. The LaFerrari was made ​​499 times and had a base price of 1.2 million euros. The now expiring 918 Spyder could shoot a real bargain, however. From 768,026 euros were off at Porsche . (ml)